Grosjean eyes 2018 Le Mans seat, NASCAR drive ’50:50’

Grosjean eyes 2018 Le Mans seat, NASCAR drive ’50:50’

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Grosjean eyes 2018 Le Mans seat, NASCAR drive ’50:50’


Romain Grosjean hopes to join Fernando Alonso on the grid at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, and is still keen on making a NASCAR appearance.

Alonso will compete for Toyota in LMP1 having secured a drive for the full World Endurance Championship Super Season alongside his McLaren seat, having already competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona this year. Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen came close to racing at Daytona and hopes to do so in 2019, and when asked if he racing elsewhere while still competing in Formula 1 appeals to him too, Grosjean told RACER: “Yes, Le Mans 24 Hours is one that I’m looking at.

“If there’s a great opportunity I may just jump in [this year]. It would be five weekends in a row or something like that, but I’ve got to train for a triathlon first. I’m trying to do a first triathlon this year, so I have a deal with my wife who says if I go and do another race I have to drop that one! I’d pick Le Mans.

“I haven’t even asked the team. If there’s an opportunity I will ask the team for sure and we’ll see what we can do. If they don’t want me to race, fine, I can fully understand. There are already a lot of races.

“I would love to try NASCAR but it’s difficult because of the skill and I need to test the car – I can’t go to a race and think, ‘Oh, I’ll be all right, it’s NASCAR.’ It’s a bit complicated. So we’ll see what the future holds.”

Asked how likely he rates a NASCAR appearance for Stewart-Haas Racing, Grosjean replied: “50:50. I think so.

“The first year was really a wish from both sides and it didn’t really work. Then they swapped to Ford, which they really had to focus on. So it’s not that easy. I said I don’t want to do any ovals because I don’t feel comfortable, it’s something very different from everything I know. So there’s only two road races – Watkins Glen and Sonoma – and it just makes things difficult.

“It would probably have to be a request from the team and then I would be super happy to do it.”

Grosjean says there are plenty of other categories he still wants to race in as well, having competed in ice racing during his F1 career.

“World Rallycross, I love it. It’s really cool. The ice race trophy – Andros Trophy – I have done it a few times and will probably go back, even though it’s 100% electric next year. They’re going electric. Naturally aspirated engines are still going to be accepted but obviously they won’t have any chance to win. Less spikes or whatever on the tires.”